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An Analysis of the Genre: Grimdark, Horror & Dark Fantasy

NOTE: This post is a rewrite of an assignment I wrote for a graduate school course. If you would like to read the original essay, then click here. Also, this is written in APA Format. Speculative fiction is the general term used when describing books which fall under the genres of fantasy, science fiction and horror,… Continue reading An Analysis of the Genre: Grimdark, Horror & Dark Fantasy

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“Best of” Lists: The Greatest, the Essential and Personal Favorites

So, TIME Magazine is the latest publication to release its list of “The Best Fantasy Novels of All Time.” The magazine even went further than Forbes and known fan sites (and critics) and had a panel consisting of leading fantasy authors to form, to vote, and to finalize their “selections.” While this list is impressive with selections… Continue reading “Best of” Lists: The Greatest, the Essential and Personal Favorites

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End of 2020 Releases I’m Looking Forward to Reading

By some miracle, we survived to the end of September (2020). It seems that books and video games have managed to remain constant throughout the year—as in some delays and/or minimal postponement. I’m still working my way through my TBR pile as it continues to grow. Fall 2020—September-December—continues the unceasing releases within the literary world… Continue reading End of 2020 Releases I’m Looking Forward to Reading

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Why You Need to Read: “Vengeful”

Villains, #2: Vengeful By: V.E. Schwab Published: September 25, 2018 Genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy/Superheroes             “Most Eos are the result of accidents,” he said, studying the snow. “But Eli and I were different. We set out to find a way to effect the change. Incidentally, it’s remarkable difficult to do. Dying with intent, reviving with control. Finding… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Vengeful”

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The Midpoint of 2020: Favorite Speculative Fiction Books…So Far

Well, we made it to the halfway point of the year 2020, which will go down as one of the most pivotal (and the wackiest) years in living memory. Just like everyone else, I’ve been affected by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the murders which led to the international Black Lives Matter movement, as well… Continue reading The Midpoint of 2020: Favorite Speculative Fiction Books…So Far

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Why You Need to Read…My Most Anticipated Speculative Fiction Books of 2020

2020 is coming and so are the books. Many of them are to be expected because they are follow-ups or sequels to previous books in a series. Others are either new or standalones books that have piqued our interests. Here is a short list of the books I’m excited to read in the new year… Continue reading Why You Need to Read…My Most Anticipated Speculative Fiction Books of 2020

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Why You Need to Read: “The Ten Thousand Doors of January”

The Ten Thousand Doors of January By: Alix E. Harrow Published: September 10, 2019 Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Coming-of-Age             I almost didn’t notice the Door at all. All Doors are like that, half-shadowed and sideways until someone looks at them in just the right way, (1, The Blue Door).              Portal fantasies are one of the many… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Ten Thousand Doors of January”

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Why You Need to Read…My Selections for Best Speculative Fiction Books of 2018

2018 has been an amazing year for writers, editors, publishers, and readers of speculative fiction. Throughout this year, I’ve caught up with my reading of various genres in the print and digital formats. Also, I managed to read many of 2018’s new releases, and they were amazing reads. In fact, there were so many anticipated… Continue reading Why You Need to Read…My Selections for Best Speculative Fiction Books of 2018

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Why You Need to Read: “Vicious”

By: V.E. Schwab Vicious: Villains: Book 1 Published: September 24, 2013 Genre: Adult/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal/Superheroes             Victor had set the deadline to rattle him, put him on edge. He was disturbing Eli’s calm, like a kid dropping rocks into a pond, making ripples, and Eli saw him doing it and still felt rippled, which perturbed him even… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Vicious”

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Why You Need to Read: These Books While Waiting for “The Winds of Winter”

A list of suggested books to read while we continue to wait for the sixth book in "A Song of Ice and Fire" series.